I love A Round of Words in 80 Days. Love it, with a great, fiery passion. RoW80 has led me to so many great things, including the fantastic writing community I’ve connected with and the inspiration to self-publish. I don’t know if I’d have ever imagined releasing Bowlful of Bunnies if it wasn’t for this fantastic and incredible group. It’s completely changed my whole perspective on writing and really propelled me forward to be successful.
Those of you already familiar with RoW80 probably know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not familiar with RoW80, then I highly recommend checking it out. It has been such an incredible, life-changing experience for me.
Basically, RoW80 is a writing challenge that knows you have a life, and it’s all about the flexible goals and learning what you can do, how to do it, and knowing where to push yourself. I really dropped the ball during the last Round, but I did manage to get my main goal (publishing Bowlful of Bunnies) accomplished. Now that the big hefty task is out of the way, I’m really looking forward to getting back to specific benchmarks and regular check-ins for this round, which begins July 2nd. Here’s what I have planned for the next 80 days, starting tomorrow (I’m giving it a little head start due to it being Sunday and the start of new month, which just gels well in my OCD brain):
Novels: Now, anyone who knows me in my RoW80 career will not be surprised by this; those of you who don’t will probably think I’m crazy. But I intend to work consistently on four different novels this round. My goal is simply to write a new page of material for each novel every day. I know some people gawk (Brian always did!) about my juggling different products, with the thought that I should just focus on one until it’s finished, but, alas, I cannot work like that. Not in the early stages like this. When BoB was nearly complete, it was all I worked on. Total tunnel vision. But right now, I have the attention span of a gnat until one of these other books is in near-ready-to-publish condition. So I will be slowly plugging at least a page a day on Serpent in a Cage, Battarack Girls, the dragon western, and a space pirate novel. Eventually, I imagine one of these will pull ahead and demand all my attention, but, right now, it’s just slow and steady on each of them.
The New Novel Project: I will also be restarting my ancient New Novel project, which is something I’ve done in the past, and lately I got the chance to appreciate the benefit of it. Basically, the New Novel Project is simple. Every month, I start a new novel, write at least a page a day of it, and, at the end of the month, I stop, put it aside, and start a new one. Since this Round coincides with the beginning of the month, it’s perfect. The idea here is not only to just keep writing and get new ideas started, but to give me the chance to go back next year, revisit the started works, and pick one to focus on finishing. The space pirates novel mentioned above was one of last year’s New Novels, after scanning through what I’ve got already, and I want to bolster the options a little with some new novels. And, who knows, maybe one of them might surprise me and insist on being written further after the month. Wouldn’t that be nice?
The 100 Books Project: I’ve been slacking off on this a lot! I have so many books to catch up on, but I’m not going to worry about it. A Round is 80 Days, so we’ll just call that three months. In three months, I should read 25 books. So, this round, to make up for some of the back-up, I’m going to aim for 30 books by the end of the Round. Let’s get reading! (This will include books I’m about to finish, which total about three. Because I can).
750 Words: I still haven’t decided if I plan on utilizing the 750Words site again, but I was thinking about how one of my favorite stories from BoB came from my attempts to keep up with the 750 Words a Day thing. So I want to challenge myself in that way again in hopes to come up with a companion piece for it, or perhaps just some new short stories since I used up my whole catalog for BoB…
Exercise: Though health goals don’t have anything to do with writing goals (except perhaps in the sense that, when you’re healthier, you work better, you think better, everything is better), many RoWers add exercise and health goals to their ROW80 goals, and I’m going to do that, too. The whole idea is to do a little bit of exercise every day, even if it’s just some low-strain yoga. Because even just a little bit can go a long way. I’m going to start small tomorrow morning, and build up to more difficult things, because I’m really out of shape and I don’t want to blow it right out of the door because I pushed too hard. I was also thinking of starting to track what I eat, but that feels just a little too tedious. I’d rather use that energy toward my writing. So, yes, at least some kind of work-out, small or massive, every day.
I think that basically wraps it up. I’ve been really looking forward to tomorrow so that I can get this next Round going. I’m hoping for a lot of great things, and, of course, I know I’ll have a lot of support and love along the way. Are you a RoWer? Have you decided on your goals yet? I look forward to seeing how everyone does in the upcoming 80 days!